Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca, who is currently racing at the Giro d'Italia, has been suspended and fired by his team after testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test administered ahead of the race. Di Luca, who won the event in 2007, has a long history of doping and was unwelcome at the 2013 Giro by many in the press.
Di Luca's known doping history dates back to 2007. His test samples from the 2007 Giro were classified as suspicious, but he was granted a last-minute reprieve by... Read More
A four-lane section of Washington’s Interstate highway 5 bridge fell into the Skagit River Thursday night, sending cars and people hurtling into the water. Officials believe that the collapse may have been caused by an oversized load that “immediately” caused the bridge to give out.
While no fatalities have been reported, a spokeswoman for Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon said that two patients taken from the accident were being treated for injuries. A third was taken ... Read More
A new law that would legalize fracking in Germany could risk destroying something much more important than the environment: The world's supply of German beer. According to a statement from the country's Brauer-Bund beer association, chemicals left over from fracking could pollute the underground wells that supply more than half of Germany's breweries with water.
"You cannot be sure that the water won't be polluted by chemicals," said a Brauer-Bund spokesman, "so we have urged the government t... Read More
More than three decades after the fact, former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing has found the courage to admit that he was once the victim of a panda attack.
It happened at Paris’ Vincennes Zoo while he was in office. Giscard d’Estaing, now 87, had decided to test his “presidential courage” by climbing into the panda enclosure. Things didn’t go as planned and staff soon had to free the president from the claws of a panda after it leapt on him.
Th... Read More
Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on Thursday, reaching the summit just four months after undergoing heart surgery for an arrhythmia.
Miura's history with the world's highest peak goes back to 1970, when he attempted a ski descent of the mountain, using a parachute to slow him, and ended up tumbling over 1,000 feet down the Lhotse face, an event chronicled in the Academy-Award-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest. The Japanese climber... Read More